The Ultimate Alaska Fly Fishing Guide - Discover The Best Locations

Alaska Fly Fishing

Alaska is regarded as “The Last Frontier” and is one of the planet’s most peaceful destinations for fly fishing. Hobbyists, advanced fishermen, and beginner anglers alike will fall in love with the sweeping mountain ranges, hundreds of meandering rivers to wade through, and the surrounding unsullied wilderness full of a wide variety of fish and other wildlife.

To fully enjoy your fly fishing adventure in Alaska it is essential to choose your location. While there are fly fishing spots throughout Alaska some may require effort to find. If you are not staying at a fishing lodge you might consider renting a jet boat or float plane to access areas. Stick around to learn everything you need to know about fly fishing before heading to Alaska.


Why Choose Icy Strait Point Excursions For Your Fly Fishing Trip To Alaska

At Icy Strait Point Excursions, our goal is to help visitors experience all that the wilderness of Alaska has to offer. On one of our small group spin or fly fishing excursions, we’ll show you some beautiful remote waterways surrounding Hoonah, Alaska, on Chichagof Island. Our professional guide has over 25 years of experience leading anglers of all skill levels through salmon-rich streams.

We equip you with all the fly fishing essentials like a rod, reel, waders, and other wading gear so you can focus on the best fishing experience of your life. Each fly fishing excursion is roughly four hours, so be sure to contact us ahead of your trip to book the best time for your fishing schedule.

Best Alaska Fishing Destination - Icy Strait Point


Why Travel To Alaska For Fly Fishing?

One of the primary reasons to go fly fishing in Alaska is to take part in some of the best salmon fishing in the world. Salmon is Alaska’s state fish, so most locations in Alaska offer great fishing spots for the many salmon species available. Some of the salmon you’ll encounter in Alaska when fly fishing include:

  • King Salmon

  • Pink Salmon

  • Silver Salmon

  • Chum Salmon

  • Sockeye Salmon

  • Pacific Salmon

Catch A Silver Salmon In Alaska

Alaska fly fishing isn’t limited to salmon runs; you can also find some of the largest rainbow trout, dolly varden trough, and subpolar species like arctic grayling and char. There are also fly fishing opportunities for northern pike, lingcod, and halibut.

There are over 12,000 rivers, three million lakes, and majestic fjords of crystal clear waters full of fish just waiting for a fly fisher to flick their lure into the waters. When fly fishing in Alaska, you can count on a thrilling experience amidst the peaceful atmosphere. Not only are the salmon runs a magnificent sight to behold, but there is an abundance of wildlife to encounter, including:

  • Bears

  • Moose

  • Wolves

  • Caribou

  • Bald Eagles

Abundance Of Wildlife In Alaska


Everything There Is To Know About Fly Fishing

Fly fishing is a category of the favorite outdoor aquatic sport and gets its name from the type of lure used to bait fish. The most significant difference between general fishing and fly fishing is the type of lure used in the sport.

A “fly” is a tiny lure created to look like an insect moving on the water’s surface. There is no live bait involved in fly fishing, and the flies can be bought in various colors and styles, or you can make your own with a fishing hook and various materials. You’ll also want a set of chest waders and the following gear for a successful trip:

  • Waterproof bags

  • Multi-layered warm clothing

  • Fishing vest

  • Polarized sunglasses

  • Fingerless gloves

  • Sunscreen

One of the best ways to ensure a successful fishing experience is to practice your casting technique. The rivers in Alaska can have rushing waters that require finesse when it comes to the distance and timing of your cast.

Another prime tip for fishing success is to know the species you’re after. Whether trout fishing or on the hunt for king salmon, each species has particular behaviors you should consider in order to pick the right fly and to time your fishing trip according to their migration and behaviors throughout the year.

Nymphing and streamer techniques are the two primary methods of fly fishing in Alaska. Nymphing is a form of dry fly fishing that uses small lures that mimic the movement of aquatic insect larvae or nymphs and is the most effective in still or slow-moving waters.

The streamer technique uses larger, more noticeable flies that imitate small bait fish or leeches in the water. This technique is excellent for snagging larger predatory fish like the rainbow trout or king salmon.

Fly Fishing Opportunities In Alaska


When Is The Best Time Of Year To Go Fly Fishing In Alaska

If you’re fly fishing in The Last Frontier, you’ll be happy to know the fishing season stretches throughout the year. However, you’ll have to consider the time of year and the locations of the species you have your eye on.

You can fish for king salmon starting in May and on to the fall season in September. You will also find silver salmon through the fall until November. If you’re fishing throughout the summer, you’ll always find at least one of the several species of salmon in season, like pink salmon and chum salmon, from July to August.

Alaska's Different Kinds Of Pacific Salmon


The Best Locations For Fly Fishing In Alaska

Avoid the crowds and fish for alternative fish in interior lakes and streams like the Kasilof rivers. Cast out for arctic grayling or head to the south central lakes to find dolly varden trout and rainbow trout from the Kenai River to the Susitna River.

Along the roadways of Alaska, you’ll find an abundance of Northern pike, burbot, and arctic char. Let’s look at some of Alaska’s most sought-after fly fishing locations!


Kenai River

The Kenai River is one of the country’s most iconic fishing destinations. Located in the southern portion of the state on the Kenai Peninsula, the river is brimming with fish like:

  • Rainbow trout

  • Coho salmon

  • Sockeye salmon

  • Dolly Varden trout

  • King Salmon

One Of The Best Fly Fishing In Kenai River


Naknek River

This marvelous river flows from the Naknek Lake and runs 35 miles to Bristol Bay. Naknek River has some of the biggest rainbow trout in the world that grow to incredible sizes by eating salmon eggs, and insects. It’s also a variable highway for Pacific salmon that make their way upstream by the thousands from June to July.

Fly Fishing In Naknek River


American Creek

American Creek is a prolific trout and char fisherie that flows into Lake Coville in Katmai National Park. The brown bears are as abundant as the salmon in the area, offering a truly thrilling fly fishing experience.

Bear And Salmon


Aniak River

The Aniak River is home to many species of fish and offers a more intimate experience as the wilderness seems completely untouched here. Guides often use jet boats to navigate the log-jammed waters and tight channels to locate species like:

  • Arctic grayling

  • Silver salmon

  • Sockeye Salmon

Fisherman Is Alaska


Chichagof Island

Chichagof Island is located near Hoonah, close to Juneau, Alaska, and is home to a multitude of fish. It’s also a fruitful spawning ground for salmon each year, drawing thousands of species to the area for an unforgettable fly fishing experience.

Icy Strait Point is also a cruise ship docking location, so if you’re headed to the state on a cruise, you just might get to enjoy a shore excursion at one of the best places to go fly fishing in the world.

Fly Fishing In Chicagof Island


Enjoy The Breathtaking Wilderness Of Alaska With Us

Now that you know a little bit more about the sport of fly fishing and the many locations to enjoy the sport in Alaska, it’s time to get your plans in order. Whether you’re staying at a lodge with professional guides or visiting the area on your own with the intention of exploring the vast wilderness, you’ll never forget the experience that awaits you in the final frontier of America.

Icy Strait Point Excursions has everything you need to simplify your fly fishing experience here in Alaska. Not only will our professional guide lead you on a four-hour fly fishing tour to some of the hottest locations to find fish in Alaska, but you won’t have to worry about packing up all your gear for the trip. We take care of all the little details so you can truly enjoy a day on the water in one of the most beautiful fishing locations on the planet.

Contact us today to schedule your fly fishing opportunities with some of the best guides around!

3 hours
Group Size
Up to 10

Wilderness Tour and Brown Bear Search - LEO, Military, Teacher Discount!

This Alaskan wilderness and bear search tour is offered on Chichagof Island, a one-of-a-kind location with the highest population of bears per square mile of any place on Earth. Depending on the season, catch the bears coming out of hibernation and looking for food; or later on in the season when the bears are mating and eating grasses on the tidal flats. Older males fight each other for dominance and mating rights with the females, who at times are not receptive and force the male to give chase. This is truly an experience for the books, and cameras.

3 hours
Group Size
Up to 30

Guaranteed Whale Watching Tours in Icy Straits - LEO, Military, Teacher Discount!

Join us for the best show in town, a 3-hour whale watching excursion (includes transportation time and approx 2.5 hours on the water) which begins when you board the bus that departs from the Icy Strait Point Excursion Hub, just a short 5-minute walk from your cruise ship. Travel just 1.5 miles through the picturesque landscape of Hoonah, Alaska. On arrival at the Hoonah Harbor, it's “All aboard!” and you’re off for the waters of Icy Straits and the ultimate whale watching experience. The area near Icy Strait Point, with its proximity to Point Adolphus and Glacier Bay, is home to one of the largest summer populations of humpback whales found in Alaska and the whale watching is second to none.

3 hours
Group Size
Up to 6

Saltwater Fishing Adventure

Join local maritime hero Captain Billy, a locally raised Tlingit of Hoonah, Alaska on this unforgettable fishing adventure. His knowledge of area waters is unsurpassed and his desire to share it with you is second to none! Southeast Alaska and Icy Strait in particular, is home to some of the best halibut and salmon fishing around. The biggest halibut on record was caught inside Icy Strait! Hoonah is just a stones throw from Icy Strait so no time is wasted getting to the fishing grounds and the hooks down!

3 hours
Group Size
Up to 12

Kayak Adventure

Your Kayak experience will take you into the peaceful waters of Port Frederick. Enjoy the serenity that can only be had while quietly gliding across the waters near Icy Strait Point enjoying the beautiful Alaskan scenery. Wildlife such as; eagles, seals, sea lions, Sitka black tail deer, whales, and even a bear on the beach are possible sightings. Take a journey into this serene kayak adventure on Icy Strait for an unforgettable experience!

3 hours
Group Size
Up to 14

Whales, Wildlife & Drones

This whale watching tour is personalized, as it takes out a maximum of 14 guests at a time. This allows for a great crew to guest ratio, ensuring your experience is personal. The areas we search near in Hoonah near Icy Strait Point and Point Adolphus are known Humpback whale feeding grounds. Josh has captained in this area for many years and knows the area well! He know how to find the whales! Add in the communication he has with other captains on the other boats, and it's a perfect whale finding system!

What really makes this tour unique is the Drone imagery. Drones are able to see below the water surface and broadcast live video back to the boat.
View pods of orcas effortlessly gliding under the waves, on rare occasions, see humpback calfs playing with their mothers, on rare occasions, the amazing phenomenon of "bubble-net" feeding by groups of humpbacks is seen. Your personal view of the whales is not repaced with drones; just supplemented! You will experience seeing and hearing these amazing animals with your own eyes and ears, and then we take you to the next level with our displays onboard.

4 to 5 hours
Group Size
1 to 6

Freshwater Stream Fishing

Professionally guided stream fishing excursions on the hidden edge waters of Chichagof, Island.

3 hours 30 minutes
Group Size
2 to 10

Icy Strait Birding & Nature Experience

Come experience the birds and nature of Chichagof Island, near Icy Strait Point! Every trip is an adventure in this lush rainforest where Brown Bears outnumber humans. While we love delivering stunning target birds like Varied Thrushes, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Red-breasted Sapsuckers, Bald Eagles, and Steller’s Jays, we aren’t just about birds on this tour. You will be led by an expert birder and naturalist who will set the stage by sharing the human and geological history of the area. You will then get to see how the birds, fish, mammals, plants, forests, rivers, and climate all weave together to create this lush, vibrant ecosystem!